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Priya (Tamil movie) is a 1978 Tamil film directed by SP. Muthuraman, starring Rajnikanth, Sridevi and Ambarish. The story is an adaptation from writer Sujatha's Ganesh - Vasanth novels. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office.
Priya (Sridevi) is a movie star, who is exploited by her producer Janardhan (Major Sundarrajan). Janardhan has such a tight control over Priya's financial and personal affairs that he even refuses to let her get married to her boyfriend Bharat (Ambarish).
Just before she flies off to Singapore (which actually was shot in Malaysia and Singapore) for a film shoot, Priya seeks the help of Lawyer Ganesh (Rajnikant) to assist her in getting rid of Janardhan.
How Ganesh helps Priya overcome her problems accounts for the rest of this movie, which includes a side story of Ganesh falling in love with a Malay-Indian girl.
The original story written by Sujatha was based in London setting with the Scotland Yard playing a central role. But the film adaptation chose a Singapore backdrop and no role for the police force.